3D graphics and animation have become increasing common and are used for a wide variety of purposes. Three dimensional graphics and animation are now common in motion pictures, television, video games and comic books. While creating 3D is usually the province of the professional, there are more and more people who are creating 3D works for pleasure or artistic reasons. This growing community of 3D enthusiasts will often place the rendered images that they produce onto sites like Renderosity or Animotions for others to view and appreciate. You might have thought that if you wanted to create your own 3D world and render the results you would need an expensive program like Maya or 3D Studio Max. But there are several consumer level programs on the market that can can used for this purpose. Some, like Poser, Daz Studio, or Quidam, are reasonably priced or free.
1. Go to the Daz3d website and download the freeware version of the Daz Studio application. Then install it to your computer. A shortcut to the program will appear on your desktop.
2. Go to the Renderosity website and sign up for a free membership. Then go to the free area and browse to find items you would like to use in your virtual world, such as terrains, trees and plants, walls, buildings and other props. Download these items to your computer. If they are Daz or Poser files, click on them to install them to the Daz application library folders. If they are in another format save the to a folder named “Props” in My Documents.
3. Open Daz Studio. Go to the “Library” folders on the left and browse to find the items that your installed in step 2. Select one (you should probably start with the terrain or floor your want to use) and drag it into the scene. Use the “Parameter Controls” on the right to position it where you want it in the scene. Then use the “Scale” controls to make it the size you want. Repeat this to bring in all the models from the library.
4. Select “File” and click “Import.” Browse to the models in the “Props” folder and one by one bring them into the scene. Again, you should position and resize them to fit the scene.
5. Select the “Render” tab at the top. In the “Render” settings on the right set the size your want you rendered image to be and the quality of the render. Then select the location you want to save to and click “Render.” You rendered image will now be ready to use.